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Getty Villa

Malibu, Calif.
Machado and Silvetti

Machado and Silvetti creates an elaborate new setting that shows off the renovated Getty Villa without irony or apologies


Photo © Bradley Johnson/Machado and Silvetti
   

By Clifford A. Pearson

How you approach the Getty Villa determines how you view it. As with history itself, context and perspective shape meaning. Realizing this, Machado and Silvetti Associates envisioned its $275 million renovation and expansion of the villa as a procession—through a 64-acre site in Malibu dominated by a rugged canyon, and just as important, through time. So instead of just fixing up the villa—a facsimile of a 2,000-year-old Roman country house, built in 1974 by the oil tycoon J. Paul Getty—and adding some new support facilities, the Boston-based architects designed a small hill town with the spiffed-up villa as its centerpiece. As a result, they have transformed the way visitors approach, experience, and ultimately, understand the villa and the art it houses.

By pushing most of the new buildings into the side of the canyon, Machado and Silvetti hid much of the structures’ bulk and used them as a finely articulated retaining wall. The firm also tied the various pieces together with a meandering path punctuated by stairs, landings, terraces, and scenic overlooks. The best of the new is the grand entry pavilion, whose freestanding, onyx-topped portal frames a dramatic view of the villa looming above it. The outdoor spaces spanning the divide are wonderful: well-proportioned, urbane places for enjoying a snack, relaxing, or pondering the riddle of restoring a facsimile of a house that no one in 2,000 years has seen.

As for the villa itself, Machado and Silvetti’s renovation delivers a near miracle—a museum that elicits no smirks from the art world. Without irony or any Postmodern winks, the architects treated the villa as a serious building, as “an artifact in a collection,” explains Silvetti. First-time visitors probably won’t know it, but the architects made major changes—including adding 58 windows to the once-dark gallery corridors around the inner peristyle, opening up the atrium with a retractable skylight, and creating a series of dazzling stone floors that interpret ancient decorative patterns. As every jeweler knows, the setting is as important as the jewel, especially if the rock turns out to be cubic zirconia. Machado and Silvetti has done a masterful job with the Getty’s setting, crafting a sophisticated ensemble of buildings, plazas, and landscaping that finally provides a real home for a relic of another time and place.

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the People

Owner
The Getty Trust

Architect
Machado and Silvetti Associates
560 Harrison Avenue Third Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02118
T 617 426 7070
F 617 426 3604
www.machado-silvetti.com/

Principal in Charge:
Jorge Silvetti

Consulting Principal:
Rodolfo Machado

Sketchbook Team:
Douglas Dolezal Devin Hong, Christopher Keane, Peter Lofgren, Monica Ponce de Leon, Nader Tehrani

Master Plan Team:
Peter Lofgren

Associate in charge:
Tim Love

Associate in charge:
Hani Asfour, Stephen Atkinson, Conrad Ello, Mimi Love, Nader Tehrani, Russell Walker

Project Team:
Tim Love

Project Director:
Conrad Ello, Associate in charge of New Construction;

Associate in charge of Renovations:
Mimi Love

Job Captain & Field Team Leader:
Bradley Johnson

George Arnold, Jennifer Beningfield; Andrew Cruse, Markus Elkatsha, Jeremy Ficca, Juan Frigerio, Christopher Genter, Christopher Grimley, Steve Hoard, Andrew Ku, Michael LeBlanc, Stephen Lee, Bruce Miller, Mimi Moncier, Jonathan Ramsey, Susanne Schindler, Ted Touloukian, Ricardo Vargas.           

Architect of record:
SPFa
www.spfa.com/

Engineer(s)
Structural Engineer:
Nabih Youssef and Associates
www.nyase.com/

Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer:
Ove Arup and Partners
www.arup.com

Electrical Engineer:
Kocher Schirra Goharizi

Civil Engineer:
PSOMAS
www.psomas.com

Geotechnical Engineer:
URS Corporation
www.urscorp.com/

Consultant(s)
Landscape Architect:
Denis L. Kurutz Associates
626.564.0259 609 E Green Pasadena, CA
KornRandolph
kornrandolph.com/

Lighting:
LAM Partners
www.lampartners.com/

Acoustical:
Ove Arup Acoustics
www.arup.com

Food Service Consultant:
Laschober and Sovich Inc.
www.laschobersovich.com

Waterproofing Consultant:
Roofing and Waterproofing Forensics, Inc.
www.roofingforensics.com

Theater Consultant:
Fisher Dachs
www.fda-online.com

Fountain Consultant:
Captured Seas, Inc.
www.capturedsea.com

Traffic Consultant:
Linscott, Law & Greenspan
www.llgengineers.co

Legal:
Latham & Watkins LLP
www.lw.com/

General contractor
Morley Construction Company
www.morleybuilders.com

Photographer
Richard Ross for the J. Paul Getty Trust

CAD system, project management, or other software used
AutoCad
www.autodesk.com

the Products

Structural system
Cast in place concrete, Post-tensioned concrete, Precast concrete, Shotcrete

Exterior cladding
Masonry:
Barco Travertine, Noci Travertine, Mexican Onyx, Portfido, Chinese Black and White Marble, Carrara Marble, Amarillo Marble, Absolute Black Shanxi Granite, Indian Sandstone

Metal/glass curtainwall:
Custom bronze curtain wall by Berger Iron Works, 1411 Bonner. Houston, Texas 77007

Concrete:
Board form finish, panel form finish, seeded aggregate finish, sandblasted finish, acid-washed finish, ground finish, steel trowel finish.

Wood:
African Mahogany, Afrormosia, Teak, Ipe

Roofing
Elastomeric:
– Tremco www.tremcoroofing.com
– Soprema www.soprema.us

Metal:
Lead coated copper, Copper, Oil Rubbed Bronze

Tile/shingles:
MCA Tile www.mca-tile.com

Windows
Wood:
Duratherm
www.durathermwindow.com

Steel:
Hope’s Steel Windows and Doors
www.hopeswindows.com

Aluminum:
United States Aluminum www.usalum.com

Glazing
Skylights:
Metcoe Skylight Specialties
www.metcoe.com

Doors
Entrances:
– Hope’s Steel Windows and Doors
www.hopeswindows.com
– Custom Bronze Doors by Washington Iron Works www.sfa-socal.org/wash.htm

Metal doors:
- Hope’s Steel Windows and Doors
www.hopeswindows.com
-
United States Aluminum
www.usalum.com
-
Berger Iron Works
1411 Bonner. Houston, Texas 77007

Wood doors:
– Eggers Industries, www.eggersindustries.com
–  Northwestern Fine Architectural Woodworking
– The Maiman Company www.maiman.com

Sliding doors:
Custom bronze sliders by Berger Iron Works, 1411 Bonner. Houston, Texas 77007

Fire-control doors, security grilles:
– Cookson Company www.cooksondoor.com
– Won-door Corporation www.wondoor.com

Special doors:
Radiography Doors by North Star Imaging www.4ndtnsi.com

Hardware
Locksets:
- Medeco www.medeco.com
– Schlage www.schlage.com
– Adams-Rite www.adamsrite.com

Hinges:
– Soss www.soss.com
– Hager www.hagerco.com
– 
Architectural Control Systems
www.arcat.com
– 
KcKinney Products Company www.mckinneyhinge.com
– 
Javelin

Closers:
– Rixson www.rixson.com
– Norton www.nortondoorcontrols.com

Exit devices:
Von Duprin www.vonduprin.com

Pulls:
Forms + Surfaces www.forms-surfaces.com

Security devices:
– Indala www.indala.com
– Motorola www.motorola.com
– GE Interlogix www.gesecurity.com
– 
Hirsch Electronics www.hirschelectronics.com
– Sentrol www.sentrol.com
– Kantech www.kantech.com

Cabinet hardware:
– Hafele www.hafeleamericas.com
– Hawa www.hawabamboo.com

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings:
– Ecophon www.ecophon.com
– Celotex www.celotex.co.uk
– Armstrong www.armstrong.com

Suspension grid:
Armstrong www.armstrong.com

Demountable partitions:
Modernfold www.modernfold.com

Wood ceilings:
Ventwood www.ventwood.com

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork:
Northwestern Fine Architectural Woodwork

Paints and stains:
– Frazee www.frazee.com
– Tnemec www.tnemec.com

Wallcoverings:
KnollTextiles www.knoll.com

Paneling:
Northwestern Fine Architectural Woodwork

Plastic laminate:
– Nevamar Decorative Surfaces www.nevamar.com
– Formica www.formica.com

Special surfacing:
– Forbo www.forbo.com
– StretchWall www.stretchwall.com

Floor and wall tile:
– Dal-tile www.daltile.com
–Quarry Tile www.quarrytile.com
– Vidrotil www.vidrotil.com
– Kaswell End-grain Wood Block flooring
www.kaswell.com

Resilient flooring:
– Armstrong www.armstrong.com
– Nora Rubber Flooring www.norarubber.com
– Duraquartz www.enecon.com

Carpet:
– Bentley Prince Street www.bentleyprincestreet.com
– Durkan www.durkan.com
– Atlas www.atlascarpetmills.com

Furnishings
Upholstery:
– Maharam www.maharam.com
–  KnollTextiles www.knoll.com

Lighting
Interior ambient lighting:
– Creative Light Source
www.creativelightsourceinc.com
– Prudential Ltg. www.prulite.com
– Lithonia Lighting www.lithonia.com
– Ledalite www.ledalite.com
– Peerless www.peerless-lighting.com
– Baldinger Architectural Lighting
www.baldinger.com

Flos:
Neidhardt www.neidhardtinc.com/

Downlights:
– Edison Price Lighting www.epl.com
– Lithonia Lighting www.lithonia.com
– Baldinger Architectural Lighting www.baldinger.com
– Prudential Ltg. www.prulite.com
– Columbia Lighting www.columbia-ltg.com
– Lightolier www.lightolier.com
– BK Lighting www.bklighting.com
– Kurt Versen www.kurtversen.com
– Se’Lux www.selux.com

Task lighting:
– Prudential Ltg. www.prulite.com
– Alkco Lighting www.alkco.com

Exterior:
– Creative Light Source www.creativelightsourceinc.com
– Cole www.colelighting.com
– Hydrel www.hydrel.com
– BK Lighting www.bklighting.com
– Kim Lighting www.kimlighting.com
– Bega www.bega-us.com
– HessAmerica www.hessamerica.com
– Noral www.noral.net
– Sterner Lighting www.sternerlighting.com
– Belfer www.belfergroup.com
– Se’Lux www.selux.com
– Shaper www.shaperlighting.com

Controls:
– Douglas Lighting Controls
www.douglaslightingcontrols.com
– Lutron Electronics Company
www.lutron.com

Conveyance
Elevators/Escalators:
Mitsubishi Electric www.mitsubishielectric.com

Accessibility provision:
National Wheel O Vator www.wheelovator.com/

Plumbing
– American Standard www.americanstandard-us.com
– Elkay www.elkay.com
– Sloan www.sloanvalve.com
– Kohler www.kohler.com
– Filtrine www.filtrine.com

 

 
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